Francis Lawton Mobley Papers
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Francis Lawton Mobley Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Mobley, Francis Lawton, 1836-1862
Creator: Mobley, Rhoda Gaskins, 1837-
Title: Francis Lawton Mobley Papers
Dates: Bulk, 1861-1862
Dates: 1861-1916, undated
Quantity: 0.63 linear ft. (one document case and one half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS1008

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis Lawton Mobley (1836-1862) was born in Georgia to the Reverend George Griffen Mobley and Mary Grantham Mobley. In 1856, he married Rhoda Gaskins. Mobley mustered into the 50th Georgia Company I, on March 4, 1862, as a junior second lieutenant and was promoted to a full second lieutenant in June of the same year. Mobley suffered a minor bullet wound on September 14, 1862 in the Battle of South Mountain but remained with his company. On September 17, 1862 he participated in the Battle of Antietam and received a more serious injury. Mobley was sent to a makeshift hospital in Winchester, Virginia and died on October 9, 1862.


Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection is a series of letters from Lt. Francis Lawton Mobley to his wife, Rhoda Gaskins Mobley during his time of service in the Civil War. Lt. Mobley illustrates daily camp life for his wife and reports on his general health and well-being. In most letters he reports his current location and the various ailments afflicting the men in his regiment. The most common ailments mentioned were "Brain" fever, chills, measles, mumps, and diarrhea as well as battle field wounds. In two separate letters written in the summer of 1862 Mobley writes to his wife and predicts a swift conclusion to the war. Several letters include comments on various reports he has received from nearby regiments. Some of those reports include the death of General Sidney Johnson' the sighting of Yankees in a balloon near Ft. Jackson; Stonewall Jackson's victory in Winchester, Virginia; and fighting at Manassas on August 29-31, 1862. The final two letters written in 1862 were to Mrs. F. L. Mobley regarding the death of her husband. A letter dated October 14, 1862, was from a friend of her husband who attended to him at the time of his death. He communicates Lt. Mobley's final wishes and disposition of his personal property. The other letter dated October 17, 1862 was from a woman, Mary T. Magill, who nursed Lt. Mobley at the make shift hospital in Winchester, Virginia. Ms. Magill provides more details about his final days including his spiritual readiness to die.


Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862
Charleston (S.C.)
Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863
Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862
Military maneuvers--Georgia
Nashville (Ga.)
Richmond (Va.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Smith Island (N.C.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Health aspects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Wilmington (N.C.)
Winchester (Va.)

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Francis Lawton Mobley Papers, MSS 1008, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Glenn Hodges, 2009 (2009.173)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


Sources

Francis Lawton Mobley Papers, MSS 1008, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.


Sources

Lori Nash-Cosgrove, ""There is no half way ground": Lt. Francis L. Mobley, 50th Georgia," North South Trader's Civil War, p. 22.


Container List

 

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11Letter, Griffin, Y.B. to Francis L. Mobley, 1861 View online.
 
2Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 March 23 View online.
 
3Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 March 30 View online.
 
4Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 March View online.
 
5Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April 2 View online.
 
6Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April 7 View online.
 
7Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April 8 View online.
 
8Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April 11 View online.
 
9Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F.L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April 16 View online.
 
10Mobley, Francis L. to Mr. Hammon (?) Gaskins (father-in-law), 1862 April 16 View online.
 
11Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April 16 View online.
 
12Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 April View online.
 
13Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 5 View online.
 
14Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 5 View online.
 
15Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 6 View online.
 
16Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 11 View online.
 
17Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 12 View online.
 
18Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. H. Gaskins, 1862 May 20 View online.
 
19Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 26 View online.
 
20Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 May 30 View online.
 
21Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 2 View online.
 
22Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 3 View online.
 
23Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 8 View online.
 
24Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 10 View online.
 
25Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 26 View online.
 
26Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 27 View online.
 
27Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 June 29 View online.
 
28Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 July 6 View online.
 
29Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 July 8 View online.
 
30Captain Morgan - request for leave by Francis L. Mobley, 1862 July 10 View online.
 
31Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 July 11 View online.
 
32Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 July 13 View online.
 
33Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 July 19 View online.
 
34Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 August 24 View online.
 
35Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 August 26 View online.
 
36Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 August 30 View online.
 
37Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 August 31 View online.
 
38Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 September 1 View online.
 
39Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 September 8 View online.
 
40Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 September 15 View online.
 
41Mobley, Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) to Francis L. Mobley, 1862 October 5 View online.
 
42Mobley, Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) addressee, 0 letter regarding the death of Francis L. Mobley, 1862 October 14 View online.
 
43Mobley, Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) addressee, 1862 October 17 View online.
 
44Mobley, Francis L. to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1862 ? 25 View online.
 
45Mobley, Mrs. Rhoda addressee, 1863 October 4 View online.
 
46Griffin to ?, 1863 July 30 View online.
 
47Mobley, Mrs. ? (mother-in-law) to Mrs. F. L. (Rhoda) Mobley, 1864 July 5 View online.
 
48Receipt - estate, 1871 November 16 View online.
 
49Griffin, S. to Aunt Rhoda (Mobley), 1916 January 11 View online.
 
50Letter ?, undated View online.
 
51Envelopes to Mr. Fisher Gaskin, undated View online.
 
52Envelopes to Mrs. F. L. Mobley, undated View online.
 
53"Receipt for slaggers", undated View online.
 
54Personal ledger/memo books, undated View online.
 
55Transcripts, 1861-1864 View online.